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Proposition 63 Pays Off At Last

Friday March 6th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:22am PST   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, California’s Little Hoover Commission, a state watchdog, reported that the state cannot even document whether the $13.2 billion raised by Proposition 63 improved Californians’ lives. That is of interest because the 2004 measure, sponsored by Sen. Darrell Steinberg, was supposed to keep people off the street, out of jail, and...
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Bureaucrats Behaving Badly — A Follow-up

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 1:53pm PST   •   0 Comments

We’re returning to the troubles of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today, because she’s made the news again due to her oversight at the out-of-control government agency. CBS News reports: In the private sector, if you’re caught viewing porn on company time or intimidating a co-worker, you’d probably be fired immediately; not so if you’re...
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Monday March 2nd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:40am PST   •   0 Comments

When government says it’s going to be “neutral” about something, taxpayers can’t go wrong thinking that precisely the opposite is the case. Consider, for example, the latest government power grab, disguised as “Internet Neutrality.” If government were indeed neutral it would leave the Internet alone. But under Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, government...
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A Violation of the Antideficiency Act?

Thursday February 26th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:31pm PST   •   0 Comments

Under federal law, no agency or department can spend money on any discretionary purpose without authorization by the Congress of the United States. But apparently, when it comes to spending money to prop up the Affordable Care Act, neither the U.S. Treasury Department nor the Department of Health and Human Services can apparently be...
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How Much Will Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Cost?

Tuesday February 24th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:16am PST   •   0 Comments

Comparing the spending in President Obama’s budget proposal for 2016 with his budget proposal for 2015 is turning out to be a very interesting exercise. It’s one that may shed much light on future spending for the roughly 5 million undocumented immigrants subject to the president’s controversial executive action on immigration announced last November....
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Wasted Energy

Monday February 23rd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:03am PST   •   0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy claims lineage from the Manhattan Project of World War II, and its official history cites none other than Albert Einstein. Actually, the DOE dates its inception from 1977: “[T]he twelfth cabinet-level department brought together for the first time within one agency two programmatic traditions that had long coexisted within...
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President Obama’s Reversal of Fortune — Part 2

Thursday February 19th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:15am PST   •   0 Comments

Let’s take a moment to flash back to the distant past of January 8, 2015. That Thursday was the day that President Obama bragged about the state of the recovery in the U.S. housing market, at least according to The Hill‘s report on the president’s claims: President Obama bragged Thursday it was “no accident”...
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Government Money Guzzlers

Wednesday February 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:07am PST   •   0 Comments

Californians are paying off $5 billion in cost overruns on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, which came in, count ‘em, ten years late, with its safety still in doubt. Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend $68 billion on a “bullet train” that would be slower and more expensive than air travel. He also wants...
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President Obama’s Reversal of Fortune — Part 1

Sunday February 15th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 11:10am PST   •   0 Comments

Sometime between President Obama’s 2015 and 2016 budget proposals for the federal government, President Obama’s idealistic promises failed to meet the tests of the real world, and now Americans are being asked to pay the price. At least, that’s the distinct impression we have after considering the major changes in the amount of spending...
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Uncle Sam Losing Money on Student Loans

Tuesday February 10th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:37am PST   •   0 Comments

In 2009, the U.S. federal government effectively took over the student loan industry in the United States as one of President Barack Obama’s major initiatives. Seeing student loans as a way to boost the amount of revenue it collects from the low- and middle-income students who take out these loans to pay for higher...
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